Michaela Coel‘s incredible acting and writing credentials have seen her gain legions of fans, but there’s one particular admirer who left the actor starstruck. Speaking to Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” this week, Coel revealed she received a huge bouquet of flowers congratulating her after her historic Emmys win in 2021 from none other than Beyoncé.
Coel took home the award for Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series for her impactful TV show “I May Destroy You”, making her the first Black woman to ever win the category. Not only was she honoured at the event, and humbled by being surrounded by so many people she admired, the real shock came later. “The big moment was getting home to Atlanta where I was filming Black Panther,” Coel told Fallon. “I entered my house and there was a huge bouquet of white flowers and the note said ‘Proud of you, Bx’. Beyoncé’.”
It’s no secret that Coel, who Vogue’s November 2022 cover star, has been a longtime fan of the singer, but she was still surprised to have been sent the kind gesture. “I’ve never met Beyoncé, I’ve never spoken to Beyoncé, so for her to do that was slightly insane,” she added. “I’ve spent my career paying homage to her. [In] Chewing Gum there’s a photo of her next to Jesus Christ that the central character prays to. I’ve written articles about Beyoncé for The Guardian, but I’ve never met her so for her to do that meant a lot.”
Beyoncé has a track record of sending flowers to those she admires, having recently sent a bouquet to Cardi B to wish her happy birthday . Coel felt as though she needed to return the favour following the release of Beyoncé’s Renaissance album, which Coel describes as “an album and a half”, so she sent her a huge plant to congratulate her and say thanks. Despite having never spoken in real life, it seems the pair have struck up quote the foliage friendship.
Coel, who stars in the upcoming “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” film, also commented on working on the movie following the death of Chadwick Boseman. There is “a gaping hole and a lot of grief in the heart of the cast, as well as joy, so it just feel like the emotions are complex,” Coel detailed. “It’s not just ‘oh, I’m excited I’m in Black Panther’, it just feels weighty.”
Coel, who also auditioned for the first “Black Panther” film, joked that fans should “minimise expectations” as her character isn’t the main focus. We don’t have too long to wait as the movie hits cinemas on 11 Nov., yet we are sure Coel’s performance will shine bright. And perhaps warrant a second Beyoncé bouquet?